Wednesday, January 9, 2008

ACCEPTANCE INTO AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION!!!!!!!!!!!



I AM ECSTATIC!!!!!!! Today's mail brought the fabulous news that my painting "Reflections on Turning 65" was accepted into AWS National Show. Most of you know that this is the most difficult show to get accepted into. You only get to submit one slide and they receive thousands. I thought I would never get in. Every year I would submit my best work and every year I simply made my financial contribution to their organization in the form of my entry fee. One of my favorite jokes is about the man who bitterly complained to G-d that he didn't fulfill his prayers to win the lottery. G-d replied, "You have to buy a ticket!" This year I have a winning ticket!

This painting has received so much positive attention. I had fun painting it, but Nava was the one who pointed out its potential. She gave me great feedback as to how people were responding to it. That is one of the important advantages of entering exhibits. Working in isolation, we don't always have total perspective regarding our own work. Every once in awhile, a special painting emerges from the stacks of ongoing work. I am now on the hunt for the next one. If you think you see one on this blog, be sure and point it out.

This painting will be featured in an article in Artist Magazine, March issue. It was awarded Best of Show in the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society show and was also the people's choice award. I will probably retire it after this show and hang it in a place of honor.

13 comments:

Tracy Wandling said...

I'm so excited for you!! And I don't even know you!! LMAO!
What a fantastic thing...can't even imagine how elated you must be. And what a deserving painting...original, moving, and beautifully done (I especially like the top right square). I look forward to the March issue of Artist Mag...I can say "Hey, I get emails from her!"
Congrats!!!

hilda said...

Congratulations..........I am so happy for you. What an honor. Of course it is well deserved, it really is a most special painting.

Michelle Himes said...

Wow! Super Congratulations!!! This is a fantastic painting, and just different enough to catch the judges eye. I usually get in to see the show, and now I can look forward to seeing your painting in person. Congrats again!

Marilyn Fuerstenberg said...

Congratulations!!!! That is a very special painting and will deserve a place of honor. I smiled all the way through it and am on the verge of turning 65 in May... It is how I am starting to feel now.

Nava said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Congratulations!!

Thanks for the credit - I love to be right ;-)
(John also deserves credit for seeing its potential). And remember: when this painting becomes known and makes history by becoming one of the best masterpieces ever, we were the first to recognize it!

Good luck - I smell another award coming...

...and to think we had it hung for a couple of weeks on our living room wall.

Mary said...

Myrna, this is so exciting! The painting is so original and beautifully rendered. We are all very proud of you!

RHCarpenter said...

I just want to add my WOOOO-HOOOO!! to all the others, Myrna. I'll be watching for that Artist mag and am so happy for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Myrna!! I saw this painting IRL and it IS a winner. Well-deserved honor!! I'm looking forward to the March issue as well...

I am thrilled for you!
Mary Lou

Anonymous said...

And well deserved!

New to your blog,ceevee

Cecelia said...

Wonderful news! I'm so excited for you! It is such a special painting!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Congratulations!!!!! What a great painting, too. I'm hoping it earns a well deserved award, too!

Way to go.

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

How awesome is that! It's about time they took notice of your genius! Congratulations!
Pablo

David Lobenberg said...

Your painting is SICK!!! I'm a watercolor and acrylic artist/college professor in California. In surfer dude parlance, SICK means fantastic!!!!

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